Thorndike Press

Road to Disaster: A New History of America's Descent into Vietnam

  • Brian VanDeMark
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  • ISBN-10: 0062859668
  • ISBN-13: 9780062859662
  • DDC: 959.704
  • Shipping Weight: 2.45 lbs ( 1.11 kgs)
  • 1056 Pages | Paperback
  • Published/Released September 2018

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About

Overview

Historian Brian VanDeMark draws upon decades of archival research, his own interviews with many of those involved, and a wealth of previously unheard recordings by Robert McNamara and Clark Clifford, who served as Defense Secretaries for Kennedy and Johnson. Yet beyond that, Road to Disaster is also the first history of the war to look at the cataclysmic decisions of those in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations through the prism of recent research in cognitive science, psychology, and organizational theory to explain why the "Best and the Brightest" became trapped in situations that suffocated creative thinking and willingness to dissent, why they found change so hard, and why they were so blind to their own errors.

Reviews

Customer Reviews

The most thoughtful and judicious one-volume history of the war and the American political leaders who presided over the difficult and painful decisions that shaped this history. The book will stand for the foreseeable future as the best study of the tragic mistakes that led to so much suffering.

— Robert Dallek